Honey Boo Boo reality show bans family friend 'Crazy Tony'

Tony Lindsey was banned from "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo" by Mama June, raising questions about how real this or any other reality show actually is.

Crazy Tony is too crazy for reality TV, it turns out. TMZ reported Tuesday that Tony Lindsey was banned from "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo," a reality show following the life of child beauty pageant contestant Alana Thompson.

According to TMZ, the family friend was banned by Mama June, who had reportedly had enough of Tony's antics after he got arrested in November for allegedly "dressing in a gorilla suit and scaring freeway drivers." "Crazy Tony's" past antics include the announcement that he was ready and willing to make a Redneck porn video of his own, according to TMZ.

In a show that is purportedly an unscripted view into Honey Boo Boo's life, getting fired raises questions about just how real it,or any reality TV show, actually is.

"Crazy Tony" is not the first to get "fired" from a show supposedly about real life.

David "the Mogul" Hester was booted off of the A&E reality show "Storage Wars." According to E!Online, Hester filed a lawsuit Dec. 10 claiming the show stretched the truth for viewers by planting valuable goods in storage lockers for Hester and the other "Storage Wars" stars to discover.

"Storage Wars" isn't the only reality show that may not be entirely real. So-called "docusoaps," such as MTV's "The Hills," are now widely accepted as being heavily scripted.

Related: How real is reality TV?

According to an MSN report from 2009, competition shows have been under scrutiny, too. MSN reported at the time that Apple co-founded Steve Wozniak, during a stint on "Dancing with the Stars," said the producers of the show "play games to get viewers" and don't reveal voting numbers.

Wozniak later backtracked, but the public’s distrust of reality TV seems like it is here to stay.


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